For me, it sounded like, “My thighs are HUGE.” “I have jiggly arms like Grandma.” “I can’t believe I let myself go like this.” “My face is too round.” I had a lot of body shame and although I love being in the water, it caused me to not put on a swimsuit for 6 years. Not even a one piece.
I also used to tell myself that as long as my stomach stayed smaller than my boobs, I was good. (I am naturally smaller up top, so that was my marker, but the moment the ratio started to shift, I was in a panic. Side-note: cortisol is a hormone that is released in response to stress. It has been found to be responsible for excess abdominal fat. We have enough things in life to stress over and stressing about your weight, your food and your body isn’t helping.
Today I want you to find out what you think about yourself when you think about yourself.
Finish the following sentences:
My body is:
My legs are:
My stomach is:
My butt is:
My arms are:
My face is:
Remember, this is a no judgment zone. We are just observing what we think. I love what Brooke Castillo had to say about the matter. In order to change your thoughts, you have to be able to look at them with compassion, not with a machete. It does not serve us to continue to beat ourselves up about every little thing, but it is important to know what you think about it so you can see what might be tripping you up.
How to have a beach body…Have a body, go to the beach